Flexible workers are becoming increasingly mobile in today’s economy, with more than two-thirds (67%) happy to consider relocating for work and the right contract, choosing either to purchase or rent a property close to their employment. A further 64% would be willing to commute up to 90 minutes each way for the right role. Relocating throughout the country and in some cases, across the globe, offers so many excitable gains to help boost your contracting career.
The most important factors when considering a relocation as a flexible worker, are:
- Salary/day rate
- Long-term career prospects
- Job security
- A good area
- Good local amenities, in particular schools
- Transport networks
- House prices
Rent and Expenses
To help attract the best talent from throughout the country and overseas, some employers offer great perks in the form of rent subsidies or cover the relocation costs to help candidates make the move. Rent is classed as a legitimate business expenses, enabling those who are operating through their own limited company to tax deduct any accommodation expenses, as long as the rental arrangement complies with HMRC rules.
Relocation is also pertinent when bidding for major infrastructure projects, with bidders required to evidence their commitment to developing local skills. This usually centres on a commitment to upskill the current and future workforce locally as well as meeting specific targets to what percentage of the workforce must live in the local area.
Clients also strive for delivery partners that offer so much more than financial benefits. Creating a lifelong legacy is a crucial part of modern-day infrastructure projects, with clients searching for suppliers that can deliver major benefits to the local and surrounding areas. Community and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategies are a key focus, with appointed suppliers required to add value and deliver real social and economic change.
Apprenticeships and training opportunities form a large part of this commitment. Yet from our experience in delivering bespoke recruitment solutions for large projects, there’s a need for specific technical skills that often cannot be sourced locally, showing how important a flexible workforce willing to relocate can be to delivering major schemes.
Want to know more? The full Morson Hinkley Skills Survey explores the importance of flexible workers in infrastructure.
Based on the opinions of more than 2,500 independent flexible workers from across the UK, the Hinkley Point C Skills Survey provides a real insight into contractor benefits, why contracting is an increasingly popular working choice, how to encourage more females into technical professions and what holds a flexible worker back from spreading their wings and seeking new opportunities in different sectors.
In particular, this whitepaper draws attention to what factors attract flexible workers to a role and if they would consider relocating for work. This is especially pertinent with many major infrastructure projects, which require specific levels of locally-sourced skills. Click here to download your copy